Tech Tip: Unfreeze Windows Explorer [Windows]

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  1. Chris says:

    Doing this will partially crash windows, and then recover, again partially.

    I’ve found that the frozen explorer window is caused by network paths (such as work network shares) that continually try to connect through the web when say you are at home and not connected to your work domain.

    The solution is to first disable all internet connections (right click wireless icon and click disable) and/or unplug network cable. This should bring the explorer back. If it does, you can disconnect mapped drives that are pointing to the remote network locations, then turn wireless/wired connections back on, then try opening windows explorer again.

    The logic above might also apply to printers. Basically, try to take away all links to remote domains and see if this brings back explorer. Of coarse, you will have to remap/relink these connections later when you go back to work.


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